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Crowd at the Vortex I Music Festival

Several people are loaded in the back of a truck while others walk on foot down an unpaved road near Milo McIver State Park where the Vortex I Music Festival was held. A wooden sign in the foreground reads, “Milo McIver State Park Oregon State Highway Department.”

Musicians performing at the Vortex I Music Festival

Members of The Gangsters performing on an elevated stage at Milo McIver State Park during the Vortex I Music Festival. Band members pictured are Michael Cooper (baritone saxophone), Melvin Vann (tenor saxophone), Thara Memory (trumpet), Lester Cooke (tambourine), and Jimmy Sanders (organ). Additional band members also present but not pictured from this performance are Lester McFarland (guitar), Calvin Walker (drums), Michael Nowlen (drums), Ronnie Young (percussion). A crowd of people are dancing below the stage in the foreground.

Oral History Interview with Bette Lee, by Sandy Polishuk [Sound Recording 01]

Session 1. Bette Lee discusses her activism and career in photographing protests, beginning in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s, and later in Portland, Oregon. She discusses several specific photographs, many of which can be found in the transcript. Protests and movements discussed include the Portland Alliance, Indie Media, World trade Organization, Iraq War, Occupy Wall Street, Livermore Action Group, etc.

Lee, Bette

Oral History Interview with Bette Lee, by Sandy Polishuk [Sound Recording 02]

Session 2, Part 1. The first 4 minutes of this recording is overlaid with Sound Recording 3. Bette Lee discusses her activism and career in photographing protests, beginning in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s, and later in Portland, Oregon. She discusses several specific photographs, many of which can be found in the transcript. Protests and movements discussed include the Portland Alliance, Indie Media, World trade Organization, Iraq War, Occupy Wall Street, Livermore Action Group, etc.

Lee, Bette

Oral History Interview with Bette Lee, by Sandy Polishuk [Sound Recording 03]

Session 2, Part 2. Bette Lee discusses her activism and career in photographing protests, beginning in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s, and later in Portland, Oregon. She discusses several specific photographs, many of which can be found in the transcript. Protests and movements discussed include the Portland Alliance, Indie Media, World trade Organization, Iraq War, Occupy Wall Street, Livermore Action Group, etc.

Lee, Bette

Oral History Interview with Bette Lee, by Sandy Polishuk [Transcript]

Transcript. Bette Lee discusses her activism and career in photographing protests, beginning in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980s, and later in Portland, Oregon. She discusses several specific photographs, many of which can be found in the transcript. Protests and movements discussed include the Portland Alliance, Indie Media, World trade Organization, Iraq War, Occupy Wall Street, Livermore Action Group, etc.

Lee, Bette

Peoples Theatre Tripp Mikich

Segment 1: "My Ship Came In," by Johnny Cash and Earl Scrugs plays over video of the Oaks Park skating rink neon sign, followed by footage of rides and attractions at Oaks Park as carnival music plays. Segment ends at (0:10:33). Segment 2: (0:11:00) Recording of news program on television screen, talking about airstrikes during the Vietnam War. Cuts to footage of people casually socializing in a parking lot. Cuts to students preparing for an anti-war protest. Segment ends at (0:18:40). Segment 3: (0:19:05) Interviewer speaking with Sean Gold, a youth attending Lee's Taekwondo school for karate. Gold talks about the school and teachers, then demonstrates some techniques, and goes on to talk about Bruce Lee. Video ends abruptly.

Credits: A videotape by Tom Kennedy and Donna Ryan.

The Video Access Project (Public Access Television Program)

Vortex I music festival photographs

  • Org. Lot 666
  • Collection
  • 1970

The collection consists of 17 black-and-white photographs of attendees and performers at the Vortex I music festival. The photographs depict crowds arriving at the festival, performers on stage, audience members dancing, and attendees sunbathing in the park.

The Vortex I music festival, also known as Vortex I: A Biodegradable Festival of Life, was a rock festival held at Milo McIver State Park near Estacada, Oregon. Members of Governor Tom McCall’s staff in collaboration with members of the Portland counterculture community planned the state-sponsored festival. Vortex I officially ran from August 28 to September 3, 1970 to coincide with the American Legion annual convention held in Portland the same week.